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New Android Malware Turns Security Features Against Itself

Symantec has discovered a new line of Android malware infections that turn the operating system’s own services against itself. “Android.Spywaller” poses as a legitimate Google Service designed to protect users via firewall to attack a user’s phone, rooting it from the inside out and installing a number of standard tracking packages including keyloggers and screen-grabbers. Read More

Quitting Smoking? Charge Your E-Cig Through USB? Better Update That Antivirus

This week, a story emerged on the social news aggregation website Reddit about a new form of malware, one that had been packaged with the USB charger manufactured by an unknown Chinese company and sold by a random lackey on the auction portal eBay. According to the forum (known as a “subreddit”) r/TalesFromTechSupport, an IT Read More

Operation Huyao Phishes Financial Details of Shopping Sites

Today researchers with Trend Micro published a report on a new phishing technique, known as the Huyao Operation, which utilized a fresh take on one of the oldest scams in the book. Instead of completely replicating entire pages that can be used to lure in would-be shoppers, instead Hayuo creates a new path of approach, Read More

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Avast Anti-virus Toolbar Caught Using Spyware to Collect Data on Users

Update (Oct 24, 20.10PM CET): Avast Chief Operations Officer, Ondrej Vlcek has responded to the claims made by How To Geek, which have been covered in this post. Tech tutorial blog How-To Geek has revealed their discovery that the Avast Antivirus Toolbar had been secretly installing spyware and adware modules on user’s machines that were Read More

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DoubleClick Malware Exposes Millions to Ad-based Infection

On Friday night, researchers on the Malwarebytes team noticed a peculiar set of instructions coming out of ads hosted on websites like Last.fm, and The Jerusalem Post. The first website would suggest that the attacks were targeted at random, though the second and several others like it might point to the true source of the Read More

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Over 1,000 US Businesses Impacted by Malware That Hit Target

More than a thousand businesses in the US have been badly affected by the cyber attack that crippled the in-house cash register systems of major US retailers like Target, Supervalu, and UPS. A new advisory released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday afternoon claims that the attacks have done more harm than Read More

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Defru Malware Revealed by Microsoft Researchers

According to a recent virus bulletin posted by researcher from Microsoft’s Technet division, a new malware known as Defru has been plaguing various sites and community portals around the web, attempting to trick unsuspecting members into paying for bogus anti-virus software that actually does the exact opposite of what it says it will. Instead of Read More

Researchers: Major Anti-Virus Software Have Serious Security Problems

The conventional description of anti-virus programs says that they provide a necessary layer of protection, but organizations should start auditing such programs before integrating them on their systems because many of them include serious security problems, according to Joxean Koret, a security researcher at COSEINC, a Singapore-based security firm. Koret says that anti-virus programs are Read More

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How Bad is ‘BadUSB’ Malware?

USB sticks are a common sight, and you’ll find computer users carrying them around in their pockets to share with others. However, they often forget that USB devices can have dangerous viruses and malware. Although these devices are equipped with faithful antivirus programs that obliterate infections, there are certain security threats that are much more Read More

Japanese Adult Sites Hit By Nasty Vulnerability

Do you use the same computer for Japanese adult sites and online banking transactions? If yes, you’re headed for trouble with the discovery an active piece of malware that could wreak havoc on your system. Cyber security experts are alerting all visitors of Japanese adult websites to be cautious of a harmful malware – Win32/Aibatook Read More

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There’s Some New Malware Roaming on Facebook

There’s a new malicious link doing the rounds on Facebook of late, which entices users into clicking a link of what appears to be a woman undressing on a webcam. Bitdefender made the discovery of the malware, which could steal your personal information by luring users into the clicking the link, which appears to be Read More

Lax Security Puts Unencrypted Credit Card Data At Risk

Target Corp’s credit card system data breach indicated how lax US credit card security is. Now a new study shows that unencrypted credit card data is there for easy picking, and it’s the main attraction for hackers who target company networks. SecurityMetrics’ PANscan (the company’s five-year old card discovery tool) found that 63.86 percent of Read More

HijackRAT Provides Hackers with an Impenetrable Mobile Malware Suite

This week researchers at the Internet security firm FireEye took to their blog to announce the discovery of a new mobile malware variant called HijackRAT, which is actually a suite of several different pieces of software that can take care of everything a hacker might need all from a single source. Everything from tasks as Read More

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Beware: “LOL” Virus is Roaming Facebook’s Chat

Social networks are dominating the online market in a way that was almost unthinkable before. Almost everyone has at least one social media account and spends hours browsing and utilizing them. They are visited and used everyday by millions of users worldwide, so it comes as no surprise that these platforms are, nowadays, one of Read More

UK Crime Agency Gives Two Week Warning for Zeus and CryptoLocker

Much like a tsunami warning that can only serve to clear a certain region of coastal beaches before the whole place is inevitably wiped clean, this week the UK’s National Crime Agency issued a statement to anyone who owns a computer that they have just under half a month to shore up their defenses before Read More

The Knox UK Agreement and the Future of Mobile Security

Last week, we posted a story about the Knox platform and its newly approved status as a ‘safe bet’ by a government standards group located in the UK. After running into a stretch of problems during their bid to replace Blackberry with high-security clients like the Pentagon and the US Department of Defense, the new Read More

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New Security Flaw Found in HTTPS Connections

A group of analysts and computer scientists from Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University have published a report that claims that a small, but sizable number of connections on the Internet are being made using forged certificates designed to fool the ubiquitous web security provided by HTTPS. HTTPS is the go-to standard for encrypting connections between Read More

Symantec Declares Anti-virus “Dead”

A recent report from the Wall Street Journal confirmed what many of us have already known for years now: endpoint single-user anti-virus is dead, and we have advanced malware tactics to thank for that. According to several independent studies on the subject, commercially available anti-virus products only catch around half of all the attacks that Read More

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